3 ways to speed up your PC

Here are three ways to speed up a sluggish computer.

1.       Scan your computer for viruses

If your computer is slow or restarts often, it could be infected with a virus or other malicious software.

If you have Windows 8, you can use the built-in Windows Defender to help you get rid of a virus or other malware. If you have Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP, scan your computer with the Microsoft Safety Scanner. Or get help at the Virus and Security Solution Center.

For more information, see How to avoid and remove computer viruses.

2.       Turn on automatic updating

One of the easiest things you can do to speed up your PC is to make sure that your operating system and software are kept up to date. Learn how to get security updates automatically.

Is your computer sluggish, or is it just your web browser? The newest version of Internet Explorer is Internet Explorer 10. It’s included with Windows 8, and you can download it for free for other versions of Windows. Learn more about security in Internet Explorer 10.


3.       Upgrade your operating system

If you’re still using Windows XP, you could speed up your PC by upgrading to Windows 8 or Windows 7.

Support for Windows XP ends on April 8, 2014. You can get solutions to your Windows XP security issues now, but not for too much longer. If you’re still using Windows XP, you’re missing out on all kinds of security, productivity, and performance enhancements available in Windows 7 and Windows 8.

Find out what end of support for Windows XP means to you.

If your computer is still slow, you can try limiting how many programs run at start up, deleting software and files you don’t need, or following these additional tips to speed up your PC.

About the Author
Eve Blakemore

Group Manager, Trustworthy Computing

Eve Blakemore is a Group Manager for Trustworthy Computing who delivers consumer guidance around the latest trends in security and privacy. Eve joined Microsoft in 1998 and has worked in corporate and field roles with Microsoft Learning, US Public Sector, Read more »

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  1. Anonymous

    who are you and who gave you authorization to take over are system we cant even use it  the way it is now  are whole system is now back to  windows 7 and older we had new updated everything  cant print cant read pdf or print cant download cant do anything but watch it all get more messed up by the day …..

  2. greenwoodmichaelj@hotmail.com

    Sad to see Windows XP support ending on April 8th 2014 I have have a slower laptop that won't run Win 7 properly.

  3. Anonymous

    please reduce price of 32 bit win7

  4. Anonymous

    Windows 8 is terrible .

  5. Anonymous

    Microsoft, you're heading in the wrong direction. Keep XP support, millions of users in the business world are still using it, a lot of software is out there that will not run on 7. Keep this up and all you're doing is forcing users to Linux….I've been an IT Pro for 20+ years, Win8 reminds me of ME. What a joke!

  6. Anonymous

    There are a few more things that will speed up your computer.  If you're using Windows Vista or 7 try using a USB flash drive and turn on ready boost.  It can speed up a sluggish computer.  Run Disk defragmenter and Disk clean up.  In Windows XP thru Windows 7 these can be found in the accessories folder in all programs if you don't see them try the System Tools folder in Accessories.  In Windows 8, from the Start screen just type Disk and you'll find the apps you want.  Delete your browsing history and cache, in IE click the Gear (top right corner), point to Safety then Delete browsing History, then check the boxes you want it to delete and click delete.  I do Tech Support for a major retailer and have a Degree in Computer Science plus a certification from Microsoft, I do this stuff every day for my clients.

  7. Anonymous

    I have widows 7 . when i updated to explorer 10 . and got all the updates. my computer continued getting worse until the  Mr. Fixit literally removed my  Word program. my dear friend and savvy tech had it 3 months but got it up and running. i am afraid to go from 9 to 10 agin . but surely will have to  try it.

    I miss my XP .

  8. Anonymous

    Mr Greenwood, maybe putting Linux on the old laptop could give it a new lease of life – but this is not ideal if you won't be able to run existing Windows software. I have not tried this yet, but my wife's PC is also probably too old to run Windows 7 and 8. It would be ideal if a third-party company were to be able to issue maintenance fixes for old machines running Windows XP after April 2014. It would be in Microsoft's interests to allow this, because otherwise there would be a huge groundswell of unpopularity towards Microsoft among millions of users who have just woken up to the fact that they no longer have Microsoft Updates and are being attacked, and have no option because they can't afford to buy a new PC. If Microsoft were to keep the market sweet by allowing this to occur (i.e. by making XP source code available under strict licence to such companies) then people would stick with Microsoft when they eventually get their next PC, instead of going off in disgust to buy machines which run Android, Linux and Apple software.

  9. Anonymous

    I built my computer from parts.For some reason Windows 7 crashes my graphics card,but it works fine on XP though..It's ridiculous that you'd pull support for it.Windows 7,Vista and Win 8 all pretty much do the same thing XP does,you just pretty much put different clothes on a fatter pig and try to resell it..

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